The value of participatory action research for managing a collaborative ICT impact assessment project in Nepal

This paper outlines our use of participatory action research (PAR), meta-evaluation, information and communication technologies (ICTs) and online collaboration tools to collaboratively plan, manage and evaluate the research project: Assessing Communication for Social Change: A New Agenda in Impact Assessment (ACSC). The main aim of this project is to develop, test and rigorously evaluate a participatory approach to assessing the impacts of communication for social change and development programs conducted by our project partner Equal Access in Nepal. This project is being undertaken by a research team from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the University of Adelaide from 2007-2010 in collaboration with Equal Access - International, a non government organisation (NGO) based in San Francisco, and Equal Access – Nepal, based in Kathmandu.

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